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Arabidopsis Kin Help Keep Genetics Studies All in the Family

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Science  15 Dec 2000:
Vol. 290, Issue 5499, pp. 2056
DOI: 10.1126/science.290.5499.2056

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An unobtrusive weed often found at roadsides and other disturbed sites, Arabidopsis thaliana has risen from its humble roots to become the model organism, or "lab rat," for studying plant molecular biology. Now, by comparing the genetic makeup and characteristics of A. thaliana to its cousins, evolutionary biologists can discern how the plant has changed through time.